The Definition of Recoil Crossbolt
A steel bolt, mounted transversely through a rifle stock just under and behind the front (and sometimes rear) receiver ring,
sometimes concealed in the wood and usually against which the action is carefully bedded. When properly fitted, it helps distribute the recoil
and reinforces stock at the point where wood has been removed to accept the action. Recoil crossbolts can be recognized by the
flush-mounted circular steel fittings on the side of the stock, but are sometimes finished with contrasting wooden plugs and
sometimes concealed completely. Also called Reinforcing Crossbolt.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
The upper portion of a semi-automatic pistol that houses the barrel and contains the breechblock and portions of the firing mechanism.
Ejecting the spent case as it moves to the rear and loading a fresh cartridge into the chamber as it moves forward again.
As its name states, it slides along tracks in the top of the frame during the recoil process providing the linkage between
the breechblock and barrel.
Slang for hearing protection. Applies to either muffs or plugs.
A term often used to refer to the very poor and dangerous practice of rapidly firing many shots at a target as
possible in the hope that one or more may hit the target. This practice is a danger not only to bystanders but also to the shooter.
A felt, paper, cardboard or plastic disk that is used in a shotshell. Also in muzzle loading, a piece of cloth used to seal the bullet in the barrel. It's purpose and function is the same as a shotgun wad.
The degree to which the barrel(s) of a break-open gun drop down; the size of the opening space,
which should be sufficient to allow for ease of loading, unloading and properly-functioning ejection.
A good gape is easier to achieve on a side-by-side than an over & under where the bottom barrel is well-enclosed by the action body.
A trigger that requires a lot of pressure to pull it past the break point.
Rifles tend to have considerably lighter triggers than handguns, and even a heavy rifle trigger is often lighter than a light handgun trigger.
A specialized facility designed for firearms practice.
Slang for a full metal jacket bullet with a round nose.
The term is most commonly used in referring to .45 ACP caliber ammunition, but may be used for other calibers as well.
A plate which covers the butt. Some steel buttplates have trap doors covering a recess for storage of cleaning equipment.
A process that increases the diameter of a workpiece by compressing its length.
The thumb-piece on the top rear of the hammer that enables it to be manually drawn back to full cock.
An inexact, non-technical term indicating a magazine holding more rounds than might be considered "average.".
The setting on the sights of a firearm that controls the vertical placement and the altitude above mean sea level.
This is important for long range precision shooting because the air density changes with elevation and affects the path of the bullet.
A second, folding or pop-up front sight bead of larger than usual size, perhaps not as accurate as a normal fine bead, but easier to see in the gloaming (twilight) or dawn.
Yanking the trigger back abruptly, thus pulling the muzzle of the gun downward at the moment the shot fires.
A feature on some guns which allows various aftermarket accessories to be attached the firearm such as flashlights or lasers.
On pistols, if equipped, the rail is on the underside of the frame below the barrel.
On rifles, a rain can be found above or below the barrel, with AR type rifles, the forestock can be made of rails allowing all kinds of attachments in various positions.
The abbreviation for Automatic Colt Pistol.
It is commonly used to designate specific calibers, particularly those which were originally designed by John Moses Browning for the
Colt Firearms Company which are a type of rimless pistol cartridge designed mainly for use in semi-automatic pistols.
The most common ACP calibers are .25 ACP, .32 ACP, .380 ACP and .45 ACP.
The part of a revolver that holds cartridges in
separate chambers radially around a central hingepin. The cylinder revolves as
the handgun is cocked, , either to the left or to the right depending on the gun maker's design,
bringing each successive cartridge into position, and
locked into alignment with the barrel for firing.
Abbreviation for feet per second. A term used in expressing the velocity of a bullet.